Range Of Products & Services in Prince Albert
At Secure Choice Moving & Storage in Prince Albert, we offer a range of moving products and services all in one fully bonded and insured company. We specialize in residential, commercial, and office moves in the area. Our on-site moving store is stocked with a wide range of moving supplies to help get you started on packing and preparing for your move. There is always a range of boxes in different sizes, tape, portable storage containers, and a wide variety of other supplies in stock that you might need to safely package your belongings. The fleet of Secure Choice moving trucks and other equipment will then arrive to move everything for you at your request.
In addition to reliable moving solutions, Secure Choice also has portable storage solutions available for added convenience, as well as Secure Fenced Storage and storage units. Our facilities are safe, effective, and we will do the heavy lifting for you. There is no need to rent a truck or trailer! The Secure Choice crew will make sure your furniture, boxes, and other belongings are stored properly during your transitional stages. Your storage unit is at ground level, which makes for an ease of access and you can walk right in whenever you need to. This option is great for temporary situations such as disaster recovery and new construction, as the government bin remains either at your site or our secure storage site.
Our services are budget priced in order to take some of the stress off of you and your move. We are a proud member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating for the various moving options we have available under one service. For friendly, courteous service, contact Secure Choice Moving & Storage of Prince Albert. We offer free moving quotes and are always available for packing, storing, or moving tips. Let us know how we can help!
We recommend viewing our Packing & Moving Tips before your next move.
We suggest and recommend all of the contents are removed from your filing cabinets before they are moved anywhere else. Whether they are conventional or 2 drawer, we are available to move your filing cabinets quickly, efficiently, and with no damage! The contents of 4 drawer, lateral, or wall filing cabinets must be removed and properly packed. Please note, when the filing cabinets have added weight and with the transition from one location to the next, internal shifting of the rails within the cabinet may occur.
Computers and Specialized Equipment
Secure Choice recommends you consult your I.T. department or other computer specialists. In most cases, this equipment is typically handled by them and they will prep the equipment for the move. Once everything is unplugged and free of attached wires, we will come by and take care of the rest.
Before you begin your moving process, be sure to prepare a floor plan of your new location and set up a labelling system to keep everything organized. We recommend colour-coding and a numerical order for any important files. Once you share this with us, it will be much easier to move your belongings and the entire process will run much smoother!
Secure Choice carries cartons, tape, and bubble wrap for you to purchase for the packing part of your move. We will also arrange a delivery service that works for you. A thorough, complete packing job is essential for a successful move. Everything stored in cabinets, drawers, closets, and other offices must be packed and we recommend filling the boxes to the top. Once the bottom of each moving box is properly taped, they are ready to go! Pictures and mirrors should be taken down, then leaned against the walls. On moving day, we will bring bins and cartons to efficiently transport your boxes.
Three Months Prior to Moving
- If it’s possible, plan your move outside of peak moving seasons such as late spring and summer months to make sure you can secure a moving day
- Start making lists of the things you will be moving
- Hold a yard sale or donate unwanted items to organizations such as The Salvation Army
Two Months Prior to Moving
- Contact your local schools, doctors, dentists, accountants, lawyers, and other similar companies to obtain your personal records
- Begin calling and interviewing your movers! Be sure the mover is licensed and bonded, as well as properly equipped with the tools and staff for efficient work
One Month Prior to Moving
- Book the mover you have chosen! If you’re packing yourself, pick up boxes and other supplies to do so
- Submit a Change of Address form to the Post Office
- Prepare a detailed inventory list of single-packed items that are going to be stored or moved
- Contact your utility, phone, newspaper, and magazine subscription companies to discontinue or move your service
- Order checks from your bank with your new address
- Schedule childcare or pet care on the day of your move, if needed
- Start packing the items you will not need immediately
Two Weeks Prior to Moving
- Throw away the items that cannot be moved, and dispose hazardous waste properly
- Order refills on prescriptions and contacts. It’s a busy time – you want to make sure you’ll have exactly what you need!
- If you live in an apartment or condo, contact the building management to schedule use of the elevators
One Week Prior to Moving
- Pay all of your bills
- Let your neighbors know moving trucks will be arriving
- Drain water hoses, as well as gas from lawn mowers, snow/leaf blowers, and prepare any other appliances for the move
- Pack a “first night” box that includes personal care items, bedding, and fun things for your kids
- Acquire certified checks (if needed) for the movers
- Make sure all of your boxes and items are packed properly and closed for stacking
One Day Prior to Moving
- Pack last minute items
- Write down cell phone information to give to the head of the moving company
- Make sure you get a good night’s rest!
- Be sure someone is available to be at your residence in order to receive the moving company and provide payment in the form required
- If you are located in a gated community, let the management office know the arrival time
- Record all utility meter readings
- Review your inventory lists one more time!
Moving and Packing Tips
If you pack your things well, the move is more likely to go a lot smoother. There are many different techniques that will help you ensure your belongings won’t get broken in the process! Read through the tips below to learn more about what you can do to maximize the packing phase.
China, Glassware, and Silverware
Be sure to wrap each individual piece of china and glassware in its own section of clean paper. Several sheets may be used and wrapped diagonally with the overlapping edges tucked in. Newspaper will provide an extra layer of protection as well. More paper padding and cushioning can be added to the moving carton, which should be labeled “Fragile – this side up.”
Bowls and Odd-Shaped Items
- These may be placed on the bottom or middle layers, depending on their weight
- Shallow bowls should be stood up on the edge of the carton and deep bowls should be nested, then placed upside down on their rims
- Sugar bowl lids should be wrapped in tissue paper and turned upside down on top of the bowl. Wrap both in clean paper, and add a double layer of newspaper. Place upright in the carton and repeat for similar items, such as cream pitchers and sauce containers
Wrap your cups individually and pack them upside down. Make sure to double wrap any handles, and keep the handles facing the same way in the container.
All of your silver pieces should be wrapped completely in clean tissue paper or plastic wrap, because air causes it to tarnish. If the silverware is in a chest, you may want to individually wrap each piece and reposition them in their place. Wrap the chest with a bath towel.
Delicate and Fragile Items
These items should be wrapped in tissue paper, paper towels, or facial tissue. Then the wrapped items should be placed amongst newspaper that has been crushed and flattened out. Small mirrors, plaques, and pictures should be wrapped individually in tissue paper. A bath towel or small blanket makes a great padding for glass items. Place all of these on edge in a carton. If you have exceptionally fragile items, you should consider using bubble pack.
Arrangements and stems of artificial flowers should be packed in their own carton, wrapped in plastic wrap or paper materials. Label the carton “Fragile – this side up.”
Lamp Bases and Shades
Remove the light bulb and harp and wrap the base, harp, and bulb in separate sheets of newspaper. Fill the spaces with crushed paper.
For lamp shades, wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase, or large lightweight towel. Use a sturdy carton that is at least two inches larger all around than the largest shade. Line it with paper, using crushed paper under the shade for a protective layer. Do not layer it around the shade. Smaller shades can be packed nested inside a large one, but make sure they are not touching. Shades typically should not be packed with one another. Label the carton(s) “Fragile – this side up.”
Glass Items, Mirrors, and Other Pieces
Glass table tops, marble slabs, large mirrors, paintings, statues, and large vases can be damaged easily. It is best to speak with your mover to inquire about custom made cartons and crates.
Books should be packed either flat or with the spine facing the bottom of the carton. Expensive volumes or those of sentimental value should be individually wrapped before packing. Since books get heavy, use smaller cartons.
Photos, videos, slides, and negatives should be packed in separate cartons and labeled clearly. Be sure to protect framed photos with padding and cushioning, standing them on edge in a carton. If it’s possible, carry your irreplaceable items with you to your new location.
CDs, Tapes, and Records
These items can get heavy as well, so it is best to pack them in smaller cartons. Wrap records individually in tissue paper or plastic wrap, and everything should be stood on edge in their cartons. Cassette tapes can be placed in the protective boxes they came in. Add extra cushioning to the spaces in the containers to ensure nothing gets damaged, and mark the container as “Fragile – this side up.”
You can leave clothing on hangers and place them in specialty wardrobe containers. One will typically hold about two feet of compressed clothing on hangers. If you are not using these containers, all of your garments should be removed from the hanger and placed in a suitcase or container lined with paper. Some lightweight clothing may be left in drawers. Hats and shoes can be left in their respective boxes, and have cushioning added to their containers. Shoes could be wrapped individually if you would like, but should not have any heavy items packed on top of them.
It is recommended you carry furs and other expensive or special items with you instead of sending them with a moving van.
Linens and Bedding
Blankets, sheets, tablecloths, towels, pillowcases, and other linens should be protected by a large plastic bag and packed in a carton lined with paper. Wrap your special linens in tissue. Please note, linens and other bedding can be good for cushioning and padding for many other types of items. Pillows may be placed in drawers or packed in cartons.
Draperies and Curtains
Clothing wardrobes are helpful for efficiently moving curtains and draperies. They should be folded lengthwise, placed over a padded hanger, pinned securely, and hung up. Draperies and curtains may also be folded and packed in cartons lined with clean paper or plastic wrap if a wardrobe or bureau is not available.
Leave rugs on the floor and your movers will take care of them. If they have recently returned from the cleaners, leave them rolled for easy transportation.
Be sure to set up an appointment with a technician to prepare your major appliances for the move. This includes any washers and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances you are taking with you.
Individually wrap clocks, small radios, and other small appliances. Make sure the carton is cushioned with crushed paper. Wrap the cords tightly around their appliance so they do not scratch or damage other items. Steam irons should be emptied of water, wrapped, and placed in a cushioned box. Don’t forget to remove all batteries from small appliances before packing them.
Always use smaller cartons for tools because they are heavy. Hand tools may be left in their tool boxes, or packed with similar tools and items. Long-handled garden tools, as well as brooms and mops, can be bundled together. Attachments must be removed from power tools and packed separately.
Before your moving day, take down any swing sets, TV antennas, and garden sheds. Bundle the pieces together with a nylon cord. Small hardware can be placed in a cloth bag and attached to corresponding equipment.
Drain gasoline from lawn mowers and similar equipment well before the loading day.
We do not recommend you take anything perishable – be sure to take only the food items you are sure will travel well. If boxes of rice, macaroni, cereal and other powdered foods are open, seal them with tape. Small jars of herbs, spices, condiments, bouillon cubes, etc. should be placed in the same box before getting packed into a larger container. Cover holes of shaker containers and seal with tape.
Remember, canned goods can get heavy; the amount placed into one carton should be limited.
Special Household Items
If you have saved boxes and other cartons from items such as microwaves, home electronic items, and other similar items should be repacked into their original packaging. This will ensure nothing is damaged during the move.